June 3, 2017 by Benjamin
I’ve read a few books on evangelism and have attempted conversations about God using various approaches. One resource I ran across this past year that I would recommend is Randy Newman’s book Questioning Evangelism.
Randy Newman understands the frustration of evangelical Christians over evangelism. We care deeply about the Bible, and our faith is at the center of our lives. But often we feel frustrated because our conversations with non-believers about God are too few and too short. We have not seen people come to belief as often as we have hoped. Newman’s thinks we may be taking a wrong approach in evangelism: we are acting like used car salesmen rather than like Jesus.
It seems like we often try to “sell” people our view of God and the world. In contrast, how did Jesus engage hearts and minds? Jesus frequently drew people into conversation about God by asking questions and telling stories. Jesus often answered questions with questions. Newman calls this approach “rabbinic evangelism,” and his book addresses why and how to use it. Newman’s approach is meant to treat people as real people with real questions and concerns. I think it has the potential to build bridges with people, especially in situations where a rigidly organized presentation of Christianity would just confuse or alienate.
If this piques your interest, you can buy the book on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=questioning+evangelism+by+randy+newman (I read the 2004 edition but I’m sure the 2017 one is great) or maybe even borrow my copy!